The first local narratives of death and destruction in the Thirty Years War were usually supplications for a reduction in the tax burden or billeting of troops by a village or administrative district.
But in either case, the pamphlet literature expanded the range of commentary on local circumstances by linking different genres of writing to the common theme of death and destruction.
The events of 1626 and 1627 contributed to a change in the tone of supplications and in the formats of descriptions of death and destruction.
These tribulations found expression in the intensification of the rhetoric of death and destruction in several different formats.
In an effort to maintain whatever vestiges of revenues and Schutz und Schirm that they could, the central administration began to look for alternate means of determining the extent of death and destruction.
The problem of death and destruction no longer entailed trying to convince an external audience, but instead trying to make sense of it to himself, or to posterity.
His rhetoric of death and destruction had to serve a different purpose--to offer hope and give the suffering a meaning that could be cathartic.
The reference to "peace" in Thessalonians redirects our attention to how the genres of death and destruction narratives shifted towards the end of the war.
The shared experience of the rhetoric of death and destruction contributed to the contemporary understanding of the chronological contours of the war, from the outbreak in Bohemia in 1618 to the end in Westphalia in 1648.